December Daily 2012 Cover

I finally finished my base for December Daily today! Yes, I know it’s December 3. It took a lot longer than I expected. And I’m not done with my December 1 & 2 pages yet (I should be posting them tomorrow with the 3rd… as long as I don’t run out of ink). But I’m not freaking out about it either: I did the documentation, got the photos and words, so the actual putting it together is possible even if it’s not exactly done daily.

December Daily Cover in the Making

Here’s how I did the cover: I started with the 8.5 x 11 wood that we use for our wood notebooks (we cut down big planks of plywood in my grandpa’s wood shop). I used Ali Edwards’s Holiday Word Art for the cover. I centered it in Photoshop on a 8.5 x 11 canvas, flipped it horizontally, and printed it out. Then I spent oodles of time coloring over the lines in heavy pencil. To transfer the penciled-over printed image onto the wood, I placed the paper onto the wood and used a bone folder to rub the pencil marks onto the wood. There are easier ways to transfer images, but I’m all for using what’s on hand.

December Daily Cover in the Making

Then I sketched over the transfered lines with a pencil so everything would show up more clearly.

December Daily Cover in the Making

Next, I used our wood burning tool* to burn the image into the wood with deep, dark grooves. I’m new to wood burning (but Jake is really good at it). You can tell I’m a beginner, because the lines are uneven and you can see where I held the tool in one spot for too long where all of those little yellow-brown spots along the lines are. Don’t care if it’s not perfect: I’m going with it. You can’t get better if you don’t practice, and I’m not one to throw practice-runs away.

The little tiny words ended up being too hard for me. I initially thought I’d just draw lines over them, but I didn’t like that either. So on to Plan B.

*Ours is old, but this is similar

Bring on the Sparkle

Glitter. What’s December Daily without a little glitz? I’m keeping the inside simple, so I like that the outside is nice and sparkly. I used glitter from Doodlebug and Judikins Diamond Glaze to fill in / trace some of the words (one coat of glaze to get the glitter to stick, one coat over the top to seal the glitter in and create a raised, glossy surface).

December Daily 2012 Cover

To cover up the part I messed up, I used Ranger Inkssentials Wonder Tape to get the glitter to stick in a straight line, then glittered and glazed. I glittered and glazed the word “december” too, decided I didn’t like it, wiped it off, and found I loved the left-over glitter stuck in the groves. I’m all for happy accidents.

To finish it off, I punched holes for the jump rings with the We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite Punch (how awesome is it that it punches through wood?!?.

December Daily 2012 Cover

It’s a little messy, but I love it!

As for the inside, I’m going super simple. Unlike other years, there are no base pages. I’m going hybrid, and the base pages will be printed off with lots and lots of journaling. I’m making this time around really story focused. And, even though you all might get sick of me using it, I’m doing pages based on this template again.

Bring on the Sparkle

To make the pages a little fancy without having to go crazy everyday, I pre-made my numbers for the days. I stamped 1-25 on cream colored cardstock using 7gypsies Numero Stamps and a circle stampf from a Christmas stamp set (no longer available, from Danelle Johnson) and a Palette Gluepad. Poured on some Zing! Silver Glitter Embossing Powder before the ink dried and tapped off the excess onto some aluminum foil. (That way I can fold the aluminum foil in half and pour the excess back into the embossing powder container. I do this with glitter too.) Melt the embossing powder with the American Crafts Zap Embossing Heat Gun, punch ‘em out, and voila!

December Daily Embossed Numbers

Now I have a handmade embellished touch for each day!

I’m excited to start filling this up. What are you doing for December Daily?

Check out my past December Daily posts.

Feeling sparkly? Check out today’s challenge at Document Life Workshop.